Blogger Who Uploaded GNR Album Pleads Guilty, Accepts Deal

from the still-ridiculous dept

The blogger who uploaded the latest Guns N' Roses album, Chinese Democracy, and who was then arrested has apparently agreed to a plea bargain in the case. Prosecutors had already dropped the charges from a felony to a misdemeanor, and the plea deal probably means he'll get off without too much punishment -- but the whole thing still seems fairly ridiculous. It's not at all clear why the FBI wasted taxpayer money chasing down a fan who simply helped promote the music. In the end, it seems like GNR basically got tax-payer funded promotion for its latest album, while causing significant stress in the life of the guy who was in the middle of all of this. What a joke.

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    Killer_Tofu (profile), 12 Nov 2008 @ 5:34am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: THEFT FIRST

    In your first link there, not once does it ever say "information theft". The word theft appeared immediately after "identity" all but one time it appears in that entire document.

    Link two, it is about stealing peoples credit card information, and using it for monetary gain.

    Link three, do you realize that even in the definition you link, it still does not support your argument? Data Theft by its own definition on the site you linked states that it is about people's personal information and other Confidential stuff. Nowhere does it say it is data theft if it is intended to be released to the public for all to hear. Whether they intend to charge or not is a whole different matter, but once out, it is out for all (even if it requires purchase).

    A large difference between everything you linked to, and this case, is that this guy did not seek out financial benefit from doing this. In each and every case you link to, it has nothing what so ever to do with copying music. Not a thing. About the only possible shred of hope in your entire arguement is that the CD wasn't "public" yet. Also, even in your last link in the next post (#47) that too is about stealing financial information with an intent to profit from it.

    If you are going to try to tell me the courts disagree with me, please come back with links regarding people copying music, and not stealing financial information with an intent to profit.

    Actually, hold on here, you do realize we are talking about copying a music cd and sharing it, and not stealing credit card numbers right? I just have to check because you seem pretty convinced of your side. Which is wrong with regards to copying music. However would be pretty darn accurate if we were talking about stealing financial and personal information, which is entirely what you linked to.

    Or maybe you just need to look it up before you post.

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